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What is Dry Socket ?

Dry Socket, also known as Alveolar Osteitis, is a rare oral condition characterized by consistent pain felt after extraction of the permanent tooth in the socket. The socket is a hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. The condition tends to occur at the site of tooth extraction where the blood clot dislodges prematurely, disrupting the wound healing process. It is usually associated with impacted wisdom tooth. The exposure of underlying bone and nerves results in pain arising one to three days following extraction. Fortunately, the condition is not life threatening and can be treated with administration of medicated dressings at affected sites, antibiotic drugs and saline mouth washes to alleviate the symptoms.
The cause of Dry Socket is not known or still under medical review.
The risk of Dry Socket is not known or still under medical review.
The complications of Dry Socket is not known or still under medical review.
The prevention of Dry Socket is not known or still under medical review.

Treatments and management of Dry Socket may vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of the medical condition. Treatment options may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Medicated Dressing
  • Saline Mouth Rinse

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